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9 Unexpected Travel Tips From the Experts

Wouldn't it be nice, before every trip, to call up an expert and get her advice on what to pack or how to upgrade to first class? Well, we can't promise a phone chat, but we can give you those tips right here and now. Shout out to all these...

An Unconventional Gift Guide

This year, give them something they’ll really want.

Why I Ditched My Department Store Credit Card

I remember when I opened my first department store credit card in Manhattan nearly 20 years ago. At the time, you were allowed to open a line of credit for $1,000 on the spot whether or not they eventually approved your card, which took several...

5 Ways to Get Free Beauty Treatments

Every time I hear that consumer spending is on the rise, I think, “Really?” In my circle, we’re still a bit wary of shopping too much outside of sales or splurging at fancy eateries. But Americans’ disposable income is indeed growing, and with...

Why I Spent $350 on Underwear -- and Would Do It Again

My bra collection was in sorry, sorry shape. Unmentionable unmentionables. Underwires poking out, grubby lace abounded. The left shoulder strap of my favorite smoke-colored satin demi was stitched on by hand. All these shoddy underthings created...

3 Skin-Saving Treatments That Can Save You Money Too

A few years ago, I was writing a story for Vogue magazine on new skincare treatments, when I got the straight dope in hushed tones from a top-rated Manhattan cosmetic surgeon. Only three things actually work, she said: exfoliation, retinol and...

‘I No Longer Spend Mindlessly’

I grew up in a very frugal household, wearing my older sister's hand-me-downs for most of my childhood. So, when I got my first real job with a decent salary, I splurged. A career meant an ever-changing wardrobe. And, since I made pretty good...

The 3 Most Common Spending Triggers—and How to Beat Them

Does this sound familiar? You feel fried after a long day at work. You stop in the bathroom on your way out of the office, get one look at your sallow complexion, and the next thing you know you’re dropping $100 on “skin-brightening” makeup....

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